Resources for new officers

Welcome to your new role at an LGiU member authority. LGiU is a local democracy think tank and membership body, supporting those who work in local government via practical policy analysis, advice and updates.

The LGiU is a membership organisation for local authorities. You can find out if your council is a member here. We have a wide range of resources that you will find helpful in your new role. Some of our resources (such as briefings) are only for councillors and officers at our member councils. Others are available to all.

Policy briefings

Our expert policy briefings are available to officers from our member authorities. They will help you get to grips with all aspects of local government policy from planning to housing to social care. You can choose which topics you’d like to receive briefings on. If you would like policy briefings to be emailed directly to you then please sign up here.

You can also search and read our back catalogue of briefings on this website.

Looking for briefings on a particular topic? Browse our briefings by category.

Daily News

Our incredibly popular Daily News service brings you a summary every morning of what’s being said in the news about local government that day – emailed to you every morning before breakfast. If you would like to receive Daily News emails please sign up here.

Essential guides

Members only essential guides offer an in-depth look at topics – with more detail than can be contained in a single briefing. Recent topics include: financial sustainability and planning, health and wellbeing.


We run a varied programme of seminars and other events, covering topics such as local government finance, community engagement, social media and specific policy subjects including health policy, planning and education. LGiU members can book places at a discounted rate. See our full list of events.

We also offer bespoke inhouse training tailored to the needs of individual councils; please contact learning and development manager Alan Waters for more information:

Facts and figures

If you’re a complete newbie to local government (or even if you’re not), you might appreciate our facts and figures page. How does a council work? What is local government responsible for? Plus – who is England’s longest serving councillor?

Keep in touch

If you’ve got a burning question about a policy issue you’d like to ask us, or you’d like help sourcing case studies to support a proposal – get in touch with our Partnerships Team at If we can’t help, we’ll do our best to put you in touch with someone who can.

And there’s more

Have a look round our website: check out our publications; our local democracy blog; and keep up to date with the LGiU’s work by signing up to receive information on any or all of our policy themes.